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Topic: Grinders - decision (3 msgs / 111 lines)
1) From: mikeraz
Michael Rasmussen wrote:
<Snip>
Thanks to all for the feedback.  I was being lured by a mini-glut of Kitchen
Aids on eBay.  Summarizing the comments:
 - Both have companies with great customer service available
 - It's easy to buy replacement burrs for the Solis
 - Kitchen Aid ships a replacement grinder for warranty issues, even if that
   is not needed
 - Both are marginal for espresso (assuming YMMV)
 - The Solis has an advantage on the retention front
 - It's not uncommon for people to work through a succession of grinders
 - A Rocky or Mazzer would be a "never _need_ to replace" option.
As I said I don't have an espresso machine, though I won't rule out getting
one in the future.  My wife is a Chemex fan, I prefer French Press.  
My secret goal is to get a grind that will minimize the sediment in French
Press so she'll like it too.  One can dream. :)
In the end I went with a factory refurb Solis Virtuoso.
I appreciate the lesson. 
-- 
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2) From: raymanowen
...And I thought I (myself, me) was cast in zinc, dead set against espresso
brewing.
Initially, I waived taking a 4 group espresso maker offered by a friend that
acquired it as excess in an auction lot he wanted. I knew nothing about it,
but Drat! I should have learned.
I helped unload it from his truck- "Hey, Ray, you want this thing? I (John)
don't know what I'll do with it. Just leave it on your forklift and you can
have all this coffee stuff."
I wish I could back up the film right about now. The Denver York Street
Coffee Shop never happened.
If you like coffee flavor and aroma, don't, repeat, Do Not pass up espresso
brewing. Why let those guys get all the flavor?
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Just my song Stang

3) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
You could always get a Zass(Ebay) before you dump the change on a rocky
that way you can experence a great grind. I have a zass and I love it it
is teaching me about proper grind and how it affects coffee (Drip Vs.
AP) I am still tweaking it and probally will keep doing so trying to
find a better sweet spot. Just my rambling 2 cents worth....
Dennis
AKA
FC1(SW) Dennis W. True
CS/CS-5
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FPO AE 09532-2830
Man of many hats!
HG/DB and Z&D roasting in the Indian Ocean
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of Operation Eagle!"
Michael Rasmussen wrote:
<Snip>
Thanks to all for the feedback.  I was being lured by a mini-glut of
Kitchen Aids on eBay.  Summarizing the comments:
 - Both have companies with great customer service available
 - It's easy to buy replacement burrs for the Solis
 - Kitchen Aid ships a replacement grinder for warranty issues, even if
that
   is not needed
 - Both are marginal for espresso (assuming YMMV)
 - The Solis has an advantage on the retention front
 - It's not uncommon for people to work through a succession of grinders
 - A Rocky or Mazzer would be a "never _need_ to replace" option.
As I said I don't have an espresso machine, though I won't rule out
getting one in the future.  My wife is a Chemex fan, I prefer French
Press.  
My secret goal is to get a grind that will minimize the sediment in
French Press so she'll like it too.  One can dream. :)
In the end I went with a factory refurb Solis Virtuoso.
I appreciate the lesson. 
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